A 26-year-old Egg Harbor City man has been charged in connection with the distribution of child abuse images and videos via a social messaging application. Patrick W. Daly, 26, was arrested without incident and lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility.
The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received multiple referrals of inappropriate content distributed on the social media application KIK. A subsequent investigation led Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Detectives to identify Daly and locate more than 1000 images and videos of child sexual exploitation in his possession. He was served with three (3) 2nd degree charges surrounding the possession and distribution of child abuse images via a social messaging service.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Unit was assisted by the United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations, the Galloway Township Police Department and the Ocean City Police Department.
***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. ***
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